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Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde

Having graduated and obtained his PhD from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, Adam worked at Forschungszentrum Juelich in Germany before moving to the UK. He worked at the University of Cambridge and University of Strathclyde and currently holds a Global Talent Chair in Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He has so far published 53 papers (h-index 26).

Adam has over 30 years’ experience of working on mathematical and statistical models of human, animal and plant disease systems at the interface of epidemiology, socio-economics and policy. After his PhD in theoretical physics, he started applying mathematical models to modelling measles and other infectious diseases, first at Juelich and then at Cambridge. He then joined the Plant Sciences Department at Cambridge, starting a life-long fascination with plant pests and diseases.

Since 2007, while continuing the work on plant pests and pathogens, he became interested in adding the human decision dimension and economic impact to the epidemiological modelling. Together with collaborators, he used a computer game and surveys to study how people modify their behaviour in response to the influenza-like epidemic. He also studied the pandemic influenza outbreak in 2010, worked on forest pests and diseases in the UK, and modelled international trade in plant material. His recent work includes developing a plant pest decision support system for Defra and the Scottish Government. Adam also recently started writing a blog on 'Maths, Statistics and Life' at

Adam is particularly grateful to his wife and children for all their support and patience, and to his daughter, Małgorzata, for reading and commenting on his The Conversation articles!


  • 2018–present
    Chair professor, University of Strathclyde
  • 2015–2018
    Chair professor, University of Stirling
  • 2014–2015
    Reader, University of Stirling
  • 2007–2014
    Senior lecturer, University of Stirling
  • 2005–2007
    Lecturer, University of Cambridge
  • 2002–2005
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Cambridge
  • 1996–2002
    Research fellow, King's College, Cambridge
  • 1992–1996
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Cambridge
  • 1991–1992
    Postdoctoral associate, Jagiellonian University
  • 1989–1991
    Research scientist, Forschungszentrum Juelich


  • 1989 
    Jagiellonian University, PhD
  • 1984 
    Jagiellonian University, MSc


  • 2019
    One model to rule them all? Modelling approaches across OneHealth for human, animal and plant epidemics, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 374: 20180255.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Resilience of UK forests to outbreaks of pests and diseases
    Funding Source:
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications